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I-57 Cairo Bridge


Driving across

Photo taken by Bill Burmaster

BH Photo #102035


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Driving across the I - 57 Cairo Bridge

Since I couldn't drive across the US 60/62 bridge to bird's point, I decided to record my trip across this bridge instead. I shall return once the other one opens.

Elliott Johnson

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Steel through arch bridge carrying I-57 over the Mississippi River at Cairo
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, and Mississippi County, Missouri
Open to four lanes of traffic
Dedicated June 23, 1978
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 820.7 ft.
Total length: 4,088.8 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Deck width: 59.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.4 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.02417, -89.21083   (decimal degrees)
37°01'27" N, 89°12'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/303337/4099838 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
IL 002-0022 (Illinois bridge number)
BH 15005 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of March 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 54.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2015: New video from Elliott Johnson
  • August 20, 2011: New photos from Ben Tate
  • January 22, 2011: New video from Kim Harvey
  • September 9, 2008: New photos from James Baughn
  • May 29, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • August 21, 2006: Posted construction photos from Mark Frazier


  • Bill Burmaster
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • David B. Haun
  • James Baughn - webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com
  • Kim Harvey
  • Ben Tate - benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • Elliott Johnson - elliottsgon15 [at] hotmail [dot] com


Cairo I-57 Bridge
Posted September 30, 2015, by Ranchmama (cowgirl [at] suddenlink [dot] com)

Is this heading E toward Eddyville? We are traveling there Sunday with a trailer- was dreading the thought of having to cross the Old Mississippi Cairo Il bridge and almost backed out of the trip altogether just at the thought of that but- was told we won't be going that way. This is the only other bridge I can find heading E/W into ILL on 57.

Cairo I-57 Bridge
Posted September 14, 2015, by Jason Hann (geighcun [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Drove across a few weeks ago and got one good photo.

Cairo I-57 Bridge
Posted September 15, 2007, by mike rhodes (bridgebuilderus [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

I think the contractor on the sub-structure of this bridge was Al Johnson, a Minneapolis contractor that went out of business in the early 90's.